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LinuxWorld: MindRover comes to Linux - CogniToy takes a different approach to strategy games

Dec 28, 2000, 23:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lee Anderson)

"If you have fond memories of Core War, or if you think the Mars rover would have been more interesting with a rocket launcher strapped on, then MindRover: The Europa Project is for you. Lee Anderson lays out the basics of designing your own rover and then setting it free to blast away other people's creations."

"CogniToy's debut release has caught many in the PC gaming industry by surprise. The combination of independent, programmable vehicles and challenging puzzles has proven to be a successful game-play partnership on the Windows platform. With a company name that embodies thinking (cogni, or cognition) CogniToy's MindRover: The Europa Project adds a new perspective to the rare strategy and programming genre pioneered by Core War (see Resources for a link) and offers a feast of addictive and entertaining features. There is both good and bad news for Linux gamers: Loki Entertainment Software has ported MindRover to Linux but may not release it for a month or so yet because of printing problems with the boxes."

"The MindRover story goes like this: A group of researchers on the moon Europa spend their spare time reprogramming robot rovers. The modified rovers compete against each other in events such as battles, problem solving, racing, and even sumo wrestling. If you can imagine a couple of Mars Pathfinder-type rovers with souped-up engines and various weaponry (including rocket launchers!) you've pretty much got the idea."

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